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March 30, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When she found out early in her pregnancy that one of her identical twins would die at birth, Sarah Gray began a five-year journey that culminated last week in Philadelphia. She had to carry the sick baby to term in order to protect his healthy twin. And she also looked into organ and tissue donation. "Instead of thinking of our son as a victim," she said, "I started thinking of him as a contributor to research, to science. " On March 23, 2010, Thomas and Callum Gray were born at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.
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September 18, 2002
Mayor's 'we' lacks top officials What is the function of a municipal governing body? Is it not to work together with us citizens to make decisions that would be in the best interest of the people in our community? I recently returned from vacation to find out about a letter that Haddon Township Mayor William J. Park Jr. had sent to Green Valley Tennis Club on Crystal Lake Avenue. In it, he sugested that its property be purchased by the city. "We have had the property appraised and are prepared to offer $525,000," said the letter.
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NEWS
August 26, 2015
Puzzle maestro leaves empty space It's impossible to imagine Sundays without crossword creator Merl Reagle in my house ("Merl Reagle, 65, crossword maker," Sunday). How dutifully I first read everything else just so I could go guilt-free to his crossword reward. Reagle was accessible and kind, always answering e-mail. One of my favorite Reagle puzzles, published on Mother's Day, revealed a message on completion: "Call your mother. " I wasn't the only mother who wrote to thank him. I got a response from his wife, who wrote that he received so many appreciative notes that he commandeered her to help answer them.
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August 26, 2015 | BY MADELEINE DEAN
AT THE CLOSE of every session, my colleagues and I hear a familiar patter, signaling the end of a legislative day, and we exit to the refrain that is now ringing in my mind: "The House will stand in recess until [some future date], unless sooner recalled by the speaker. " As Republican House leadership hollowly tries to blame Gov. Wolf for Pennsylvania's current budget failure, perhaps they should be pointing fingers closer to home. While it is true that Gov. Wolf vetoed the Republicans' budget bill - an anemic, retread of a budget that would have worsened the commonwealth's fiscal situation - there is one person who has the power to get House lawmakers back to work and craft a better budget for Pennsylvania: the speaker of the House.
NEWS
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YOUR PAPER HAS now stepped to a new low for reporting a "story. " A dog is killed accidentally by a police cruiser, and because the owner hates cops and puts out an erroneous petition calling for his firing, your paper deems it newsworthy because people like dogs! Why don't you tell the truth? Your paper is nothing more than a supermarket tabloid that sensationalizes useless stories. Since this "news" falls under the category of hating police, your paper ran with it to further enrage the public.
NEWS
August 25, 2015
Don't stop the press It's about time somebody gave overdue credit to journalists and newspapers. As a graduate of Temple's journalism school and onetime radio news reporter, I have had almost a lifelong relationship with the people and products of this challenging industry. I shudder at the claim that print media is an endangered species because, in addition to the reasons cited by former Inquirer publisher Brian Tierney ("Why newspaper content counts for all of us," Aug. 16), journalism has been a source of and a training ground for many artful and trustworthy writers.
NEWS
August 24, 2015
ISSUE | TAX BREAKS Stuck in reverse The recently unveiled plans for a new Subaru of America headquarters in Camden are extremely disappointing. They consist of two squat buildings and more than 1,000 parking spaces. We taxpayers are to give up $118 million in tax revenue so that Subaru can build an outdated, suburban-style office complex within a 13-minute walk of the biggest transit hub in South Jersey. This will do nothing to revitalize the city. That would require it to encourage interaction with the city around it, and this plan pretty much guarantees that will never happen.
NEWS
August 22, 2015
ISSUE | GMOS 'Only two decades' In supporting Monsanto's dream bill, the Inquirer Editorial Board is out of touch with the general public ("GMO panic is bad policy," Aug. 14). Polls have consistently shown that Americans support labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. That is because labeling genetically engineered ingredients, which have been on the market for only two decades, just makes sense. Consumers have a right to information about how food was produced before they buy it. The broad-based support for GMO labeling is the reason Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine have passed laws to require it. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and corporations such as Monsanto have bankrolled the effort to pass federal legislation nullifying the state laws.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | BY A.J. THOMSON
THIS ELECTION year, after we have chosen our mayor and are being pestered to choose a new president six months before the first primary of 2016, one issue remains out of the conversation. However, this issue unites all of Philadelphia. It's more of a cause than an issue, but all Philadelphians can stand in unison on this most pressing concern: Maurice Cheeks should be elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. Many of you probably thought one of the greatest point guards in the history of the game was already in the Hall of Fame.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | Philly Clout
AN OPEN LETTER to Jim Kenney : Councilman, we hope this letter finds you well. Please excuse the public format, but we were concerned an email might be intercepted by your staff. We'll keep this short. Frankly, we are worried about you. Sure, we pouted when someone sucked all the joy out of your wild-and-crazy @JimFKenney Twitter account after you resigned from City Council and launched your triumphant bid for the Democratic mayoral nomination. No more tweeting from a bar stool in Center City and challenging a city employee to a fight when he dissed Jaromir Jagr . No more tweeting about Cowboys-loving Chris Christie 's "very fat ass. " No more stream-of-consciousness tweeting about soft porn and . . . Jasmine oil?
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | BY REP. DWIGHT EVANS
THERE'S THE STORY about the farmer who finds a boy in his pasture digging furiously into a huge pile of horse manure. "What in tarnation are you doing?" the farmer asks. "With all this manure I figure there's gotta be a pony under there somewhere," the boy answers. I wish I could find the pony under all the manure emanating from Republicans' "one-time offer" Wednesday on the state budget. Initial reports sounded promising: The GOP leadership in the House and Senate offered $300 million more in basic education funding in return for diverting future state workers and public school employees to 401(k)
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